5/06 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1911: The Yankees turn their first ever triple play, and top the Red Sox 6-3 in the process. The play happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound, when Boston catcher Bill ‘Rough’ Carrigan lines into a game ending triple-killing.
On other 6ths of May…
2005: After a tautly played nine innings against the A’s at the Stadium, the wheels fall off the Bomber bus in the 10th. Mariano Rivera loads the bases on a walk, hit by pitch, and single. He gets the grounder he wants to normally sure-handed Tino Martinez, but the first baseman boots the grounder and then throws it away for a double error. Then after nailing a runner at the plate for the first out, Alex Rodriguez makes an error as well, and the A’s walked off with a 6-3 win. The Yanks fail to post any runs in the bottom half of the inning, and the visitors walk off with a 6-3 win.
2001: At Camden Yards‚ the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles‚ winning 2-1‚ behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie. The Yanks tie an MLB record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams‚ matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.
2000: The Yanks defeat the Orioles 3-1‚ as Roger Clemens records his 250th career victory. He is the 39th pitcher to reach the mark.
1998: In a wild game‚ the Yankees (22-6) beat the Rangers‚ 15-13‚ after jumping out to a 9-0 lead with 2 in the 1st and 7 in the 2nd. But the Rangers came back with 7 in the 3rd. After the Yankees score 4 in the top of the 4th‚ the Rangers score 3 to cut the lead to 13-10‚ then tie it with 3 in the 6th. Jorge Posada’s RBI single gives the Yankees the lead in the 8th. Derek Jeter has 4 hits‚ including a triple and homer‚ and 5 RBI‚ while Paul O’Neill contributes 3 hits‚ 2 runs‚ 2 RBI‚ a double and a HR. Juan Gonzalez has 3 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ 3 runs and a HR for the Rangers. The game is a turning point for David Wells. After Wells allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 2/3 innings‚ he receives a tongue lashing from Joe Torre which proves therapeutic.
1978: In a 9-5 loss to Texas‚ Yankee second baseman Willie Randolph pulls the hidden ball trick on the Rangers’ Bump Wills in the first inning. In 1980‚ Randolph will fall victim to the same ruse, and he joins Orlando Cepeda as the only 2 players known to have pulled off the HBT, and to have it pulled on them.
1964: The Yanks hit four home runs – two by Hector Lopez and one apiece by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris – to back Jim Bouton’s 9-2 win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington come back from a 4-0 deficit to win the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ despite a 3 -run Mantle homer off starter Claude Osteen.
1962: Mickey Mantle hits HRs right- and lefthanded for the 9th time‚ in the 2nd game of a doubleheader‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 over the Senators at the Stadium. His first homer follows a Roger Maris round-tripper. The shutout is Jim Bouton’s first win the majors. In the opener‚ a 4-2 Nats win‚ Mantle accounts for both Yankee runs with a lefthanded blast.
1955: At Fenway‚ Mickey Mantle lines a first inning solo shot into the Yankee bullpen‚ and Bob Turley shuts out Boston the rest of the way for a 6-0 New York win. Frank Sullivan is the losing pitcher.
1930: The Yankees get Red Ruffing‚ loser of 47 games in the past 2 years and with a lifetime record of 39-96‚ from the Red Sox for $50‚000 and Cedric Durst.
1922: Carl Mays allows 2 hits-both to Bing Miller – and faces just 29 batters as the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 2-0. It is the submariner’s 19th straight win over Philadelphia and his 2nd in 2 weeks.
1914: Babe Ruth hits his first Major League home run, off the Yankees’ Jack Warhop in the 3rd inning at the Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the game in the 13th‚ 4-3‚ as the Red Sox make 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.